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Victim of dog attack speaks out, thanks TPD for stepping in

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:41 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A dog attack victim is praising Toledo Police officers for saving him during a Sunday incident with three pit bull dogs.

TPD responded to complaints of three pit bulls attacking a man in the 1000 block of Ewing around 10:45 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, officers saw the dogs were biting 53-year-old Shawn Lothery. Some witnesses say there were more dogs attacking, but by the time police arrived only the three pit bulls were present.

Robert Andrews says he was driving by with his wife when they saw the attack, and he knew he had to help.

“I see a guy yelling. It was just dogs biting him, maybe 5 or 6 of them. I told my wife ‘I have got to get out and do something.’ I wasn’t thinking about me at the time, I just thought whoever is under there doesn’t want to be under those dogs,” says Andrews.

When Andrews intervened, the dogs turned and began to attack him.

“First of all, the dogs didn’t have a leash, no muzzle. How would you stop them? How could you grab them? You can’t. ... I got all kinds of painful bite marks on me that I don’t even want to describe,” says Andrews.

According to a police report, the owners of the dogs, Julie Moody, 44, and John Miller, 50, had attempted to stop the dogs from attacking Lothery without success.

When the police arrived on the scene, an officer fired three shots, killing all three of the animals still present and attacking Lothery. Andrews says the situation could have had a different outcome had the officers not stepped in.

“Those guys, they are my hero right now. They did something that no one else did. They took care of the problem permanently. ... It was either kill the dog or be killed,” says Andrews.

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